By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vasuki, VAsuki, Vaasuki
Vāsuki is one of the eight well-known serpents of paurāṇic celebrity. Nāgarāja and Nāgendra are his other names. He was an offspring of Kaśyapa and Kadru. He is described as one of the seven dragons holding the earth on his hoods. He was used as a rope wound round the mountain Mandara at the time of churning the milky ocean. Sataśīrṣā was his wife and Jaratkāru was his sister. Sometimes Vāsuki is also described as one of the dikpālas presiding on the downward direction.
- Dikpālas means guardians of directions.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore